Stockholm Blockchain Forum will bring together experts across the globe

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The Stockholm Blockchain Forum taking place on April 11th has announced a stellar show in April with the headlining speakers Ivan Liljeqvist, Taavi Rõivas and Cherie Aimee. Exhibitors include AE, Caledo, Friend, CryptoSalary and ShellPay. The seats for the conference are now almost sold out.

On the 11th of April, Techbook is organising the first Stockholm Blockchain Forum at the Stockholm International Affairs in Älvsjö. The event is bringing together blockchain experts from across the globe to network, forge new business relationships and educate traditional industries on how to implement blockchain technologies. The event is designed along the lines of an online forum brought into a physical space, a concept championed by the former CEO of Optimizer Invest, Carla Maree Vella, who is appointed Director of Content for the event.

“What we are trying to do is to play a bit on the word ‘forum’. As we know in the world of the interwebs, a forum is where people communicate and share information and thoughts. A lot of the conferences I visited last year were very much one-way communication-style. The idea here is to be able to not only to listen to panels and keynotes, but to strategically involve delegates in the discussions through structured networking events and specialised exercises to pull questions out of the audience and have an expert panel discuss those topics,” says Carla Maree Vella.

The Stockholm Blockchain Forum has gathered a number of key players in the Swedish blockchain scene to take part, including companies and organisations such as SweBlocks Academy, Swedish Blockchain Association, ChromaWay, DGOV Foundation, inblockio, Safello, Tokenine, Bitbay, BTCX, ZBX, EOS SW/EDEN, and Flype.

The speaker line-up includes prominent names such as Ivan Liljeqvist, world-famous YouTuber under the name Ivan on Tech; Taavi Rõivas, Former Prime Minister of Estonia; and Cherie Aimée, ranked as the sixth most influential woman in blockchain across the globe.

The agenda of the one-day conference features the topics Regulation, DAOs and Decentralized Governance, Banking and Blockchain, Centralised vs Decentralized Exchanges, Banking Today and the Future Token Economy, a comprehensive Q&A session where the audience can engage experts on stage for any queries on blockchain use cases, as well as a number of Thought Leader interviews.

Delegates are expected to learn how blockchain can be implemented into particular business cases, in what ways it can be used to enhance customer and supplier relationships, ROI and operational efficiency, as well as the current status of the technology, regulation, feasibility of adoption and integration requirements. The day will also include a session on how tokenisation of assets can be realised in Sweden in accordance with the current financial regulations.

Delegates are suggested to reserve their seats quickly as the organisers are running out of available tickets with less than 50 seats remaining. The conference is sharing its expo floor with four other conferences and exhibitors can benefit from hundreds of key decision makers under one roof. The forum is sponsored by the exhibitors AE, Caledo, Friend, CryptoSalary and ShellPay. The Stockholm Blockchain Forum is a must-go for anyone who wish to dive deeper into the actual use cases of blockchain and network with C-Suite professionals as well as some of the most innovative start-ups in the field.

Info: http://stockholmblockchainforum.com/

Sweden ranked 12th place on bitcoin trading volume

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According to Coin.dance with LocalBitcoins data, Sweden ranked in 12th place on world’s volume of Bitcoin trading in 2018.

But is this good news for Sweden? US$ 68 million doesn’t seem bad for a country with only 10 million people. Being already a cashless society, bitcoin (or crypto in general) falls a bit short on Swede’s pockets.

I asked Totte Löfström, CEO of the Swedish cryptocurrency exchange Trijo, what was his take on the LocalBitcoins data, here is what he said:

“It is of course really positive that Swedes are investing in crypto, but I think that the numbers might be a bit off. The biggest problem with them is that Local Bitcoins is the only data source. We haven’t had a real crypto exchange here in Sweden (Trijo will be the first), which means that we might be over represented in using Local Bitcoins. The over representation could also be linked to the fact that Local Bitcoins is a Finnish company and that Swedes are more likely to become customers.

Another problem is that Local Bitcoins has a fairly low trading volume compared to the big real-time exchanges that are operating around the world. Since the start 2012, Local Bitcoins have had a total trading volume of about $6.32 billion, which could be compared to Bitfinex which has had a trading volume of $1.45 billion the last 30 days. As much as I would love Sweden to rank high on such lists, I have to admit that we are probably not one of the biggest bitcoin nations today”.

Totte Löfström, CEO of the Swedish cryptocurrency exchange Trijo

Totte also told me that Trijo made a quite advanced analysis of the Swedish market (in order to get to know their potential customers better), and found that Sweden stands out when it comes to what percentage of the population has owned a cryptocurrency at some point in time. For Sweden, it’s around 1% of the population, but for Norway – they are co-operating with a Norwegian company that makes crypto surveys on a regular basis – the number is about 4%.